Monday, June 9, 2014

Friendly Neighborhood Helpers Unit

Spring is the time of year to get out and enjoy the community around you and that is just what we did this year.  Our Friendly Neighborhood Helpers unit includes a play about the people in our community that help us when we need it.  Absecon is an awesome town where people are friendly and outgoing.  It is small enough to have a "downtown", that lucky for us, is close to the school.  This means a community walk is part of this unit as well.  Here are some photos of both the show and walk.

We played the DENTISTS and the GARBAGE COLLECTOR'S which in this play it is politically correct to say.  Our local ACUA donated our shirts which was so cool. 

The whole first grade participated.  We had songs about grocers, plumbers, fire fighters, crossing guards, librarians, vets and chefs!  The firsties worked very hard learning all the words and the crown loved the performance. We even invited many community members to come see the show especially if their profession was featured.

Our community walk was another fun feature to this unit.  We left our school and walked all over town visiting places and getting tours to learn about how these places and workers help us.  Check this out.

Heritage Park
While we were on our way to the police station, we saw the ACUA guys collecting the recyclables so we sang our Garbage Truck song form our play to them.  This was one of those perfect moments that you could never have planned.  The ACUA guys were dancing and clapping for us!  So cool!

Absecon Police Department Tour

Absecon Shop Rite Tour
We learned about the meat grinder.......

the bakery,

the seafood department and much more.  I think everyone loved the freezer the most, NOT!  They were so good to us.  We got cookies, and cheese from the deli, and then a goody bag when we left.  Everyone went out of their way to show us around, especially Mr. Cella.  He taught us some great jokes too.  This lucky lobster actually fell to the floor, but his escape was unsuccessful.

As we were walking from Shop Rite to the firehouse, we went by Dr. Keating's office where the windows were open.  He is a dentist, so guess what we sang to got it....out Dentist song from the play.  He was thrilled to say the least and wanted to get a copy of the words.  Like I said, I could never have planned that awesome moment!
At the firehouse, we got a tour from Mr. Marrone and Mr. Green.  The firsties were amazed at the equipment and how much a fire fighter needs to know. 

Off to Burger King for lunch!

And DQ for ice cream!

We even got a tour of the inside of DQ.

Lastly, we walked back to Heritage Park to play for a bit before walking back to school.  All the firsties agreed that they would like to go on walking trips more often.  We did have a beautiful day!  Absecon is a great community!!!!!!!


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